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2011 irs forms publications 10. 2011 irs forms publications   Business Bad Debts Table of Contents Introduction Topics - This chapter discusses: Useful Items - You may want to see: Definition of Business Bad DebtAccrual method. 2011 irs forms publications Cash method. 2011 irs forms publications Debt acquired from a decedent. 2011 irs forms publications Liquidation. 2011 irs forms publications Types of Business Bad Debts When a Debt Becomes Worthless How To Claim a Business Bad DebtSpecific Charge-Off Method Nonaccrual-Experience Method Recovery of a Bad DebtNet operating loss (NOL) carryover. 2011 irs forms publications Introduction You have a bad debt if you cannot collect money owed to you. 2011 irs forms publications A bad debt is either a business bad debt or a nonbusiness bad debt. 2011 irs forms publications This chapter discusses only business bad debts. 2011 irs forms publications Generally, a business bad debt is one that comes from operating your trade or business. 2011 irs forms publications You can deduct business bad debts on Schedule C (Form 1040) or your applicable business income tax return. 2011 irs forms publications All other bad debts are nonbusiness bad debts and are deductible only as short-term capital losses. 2011 irs forms publications For more information on nonbusiness bad debts, see Publication 550. 2011 irs forms publications Topics - This chapter discusses: Definition of business bad debt When a debt becomes worthless How to claim a business bad debt Recovery of a bad debt Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 525 Taxable and Nontaxable Income 536 Net Operating Losses (NOLs) for Individuals, Estates, and Trusts 544 Sales and Other Dispositions of Assets 550 Investment Income and Expenses 556 Examination of Returns, Appeal Rights, and Claims for Refund Form (and Instructions) Schedule C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business 1040X Amended U. 2011 irs forms publications S. 2011 irs forms publications Individual Income Tax Return 1045 Application for Tentative Refund 1139 Corporation Application for Tentative Refund 3115 Application for Change in Accounting Method See chapter 12 for information about getting publications and forms. 2011 irs forms publications Definition of Business Bad Debt A business bad debt is a loss from the worthlessness of a debt that was either: Created or acquired in your trade or business, or Closely related to your trade or business when it became partly or totally worthless. 2011 irs forms publications A debt is closely related to your trade or business if your primary motive for incurring the debt is business related. 2011 irs forms publications Bad debts of a corporation (other than an S corporation) are always business bad debts. 2011 irs forms publications Credit sales. 2011 irs forms publications   Business bad debts are mainly the result of credit sales to customers. 2011 irs forms publications Goods that have been sold, but not yet paid for, and services that have been performed, but not yet paid for, are recorded in your books as either accounts receivable or notes receivable. 2011 irs forms publications After a reasonable period of time, if you have tried to collect the amount due, but are unable to do so, the uncollectible part becomes a business bad debt. 2011 irs forms publications   Accounts or notes receivable valued at fair market value (FMV) when received are deductible only at that value, even though the FMV may be less than the face value. 2011 irs forms publications If you purchased an account receivable for less than its face value, and the receivable subsequently becomes worthless, the most you are allowed to deduct is the amount you paid to acquire it. 2011 irs forms publications    You can claim a business bad debt deduction only if the amount owed to you was previously included in gross income. 2011 irs forms publications This applies to amounts owed to you from all sources of taxable income, including sales, services, rents, and interest. 2011 irs forms publications Accrual method. 2011 irs forms publications   If you use the accrual method of accounting, you generally report income as you earn it. 2011 irs forms publications You can only claim a bad debt deduction for an uncollectible receivable if you have previously included the uncollectible amount in income. 2011 irs forms publications   If you qualify, you can use the nonaccrual-experience method of accounting discussed later. 2011 irs forms publications Under this method, you do not have to accrue income that, based on your experience, you do not expect to collect. 2011 irs forms publications Cash method. 2011 irs forms publications   If you use the cash method of accounting, you generally report income when you receive payment. 2011 irs forms publications You cannot claim a bad debt deduction for amounts owed to you because you never included those amounts in income. 2011 irs forms publications For example, a cash basis architect cannot claim a bad debt deduction if a client fails to pay the bill because the architect's fee was never included in income. 2011 irs forms publications Debts from a former business. 2011 irs forms publications   If you sell your business but retain its receivables, these debts are business debts because they arose out of your trade or business. 2011 irs forms publications If any of these receivables subsequently become worthless, the loss is still a business bad debt. 2011 irs forms publications Debt acquired from a decedent. 2011 irs forms publications   The character of a loss from debts of a business acquired from a decedent is determined in the same way as debts acquired on the purchase of a business. 2011 irs forms publications The executor of the decedent's estate treats any loss from the debts as a business bad debt if the debts were closely related to the decedent's trade or business when they became worthless. 2011 irs forms publications Otherwise, a loss from these debts becomes a nonbusiness bad debt for the decedent's estate. 2011 irs forms publications Liquidation. 2011 irs forms publications   If you liquidate your business and some of the accounts receivable that you retain become worthless, they become business bad debts. 2011 irs forms publications Types of Business Bad Debts Business bad debts may result from the following. 2011 irs forms publications Loans to clients and suppliers. 2011 irs forms publications   If you loan money to a client, supplier, employee, or distributor for a business reason and you are unable to collect the loan after attempting to do so, you have a business bad debt. 2011 irs forms publications Debts owed by political parties. 2011 irs forms publications   If a political party (or other organization that accepts contributions or spends money to influence elections) owes you money and the debt becomes worthless, you can claim a bad debt deduction only if all of the following requirements are met. 2011 irs forms publications You use the accrual method of accounting. 2011 irs forms publications The debt arose from the sale of goods or services in the ordinary course of your trade or business. 2011 irs forms publications More than 30% of your receivables accrued in the year of the sale were from sales to political parties. 2011 irs forms publications You made substantial and continuing efforts to collect on the debt. 2011 irs forms publications Loan or capital contribution. 2011 irs forms publications   You cannot claim a bad debt deduction for a loan you made to a corporation if, based on the facts and circumstances, the loan is actually a contribution to capital. 2011 irs forms publications Debts of an insolvent partner. 2011 irs forms publications   If your business partnership breaks up and one of your former partners becomes insolvent, you may have to pay more than your pro rata share of the partnership's debts. 2011 irs forms publications If you pay any part of the insolvent partner's share of the debts, you can claim a bad debt deduction for the amount you paid that is attributable to the insolvent partner's share. 2011 irs forms publications Business loan guarantee. 2011 irs forms publications   If you guarantee a debt that subsequently becomes worthless, the debt can qualify as a business bad debt if all the following requirements are met. 2011 irs forms publications You made the guarantee in the course of your trade or business. 2011 irs forms publications You have a legal duty to pay the debt. 2011 irs forms publications You made the guarantee before the debt became worthless. 2011 irs forms publications You meet this requirement if you reasonably expected you would not have to pay the debt without full reimbursement from the borrower. 2011 irs forms publications You received reasonable consideration for making the guarantee. 2011 irs forms publications You meet this requirement if you made the guarantee in accord with normal business practice or for a good faith business purpose. 2011 irs forms publications Example. 2011 irs forms publications Jane Zayne owns the Zayne Dress Company. 2011 irs forms publications She guaranteed payment of a $20,000 note for Elegant Fashions, a dress outlet. 2011 irs forms publications Elegant Fashions is one of Zayne's largest clients. 2011 irs forms publications Elegant Fashions later defaulted on the loan. 2011 irs forms publications As a result, Ms. 2011 irs forms publications Zayne paid the remaining balance of the loan in full to the bank. 2011 irs forms publications She can claim a business bad debt deduction only for the amount she paid, since her guarantee was made in the course of her trade or business for a good faith business purpose. 2011 irs forms publications She was motivated by the desire to retain one of her better clients and keep a sales outlet. 2011 irs forms publications Deductible in the year paid. 2011 irs forms publications   If you make a payment on a loan you guaranteed, you can deduct it in the year paid, unless you have rights against the borrower. 2011 irs forms publications Rights against a borrower. 2011 irs forms publications   When you make payment on a loan you guaranteed, you may have the right to take the place of the lender. 2011 irs forms publications The debt is then owed to you. 2011 irs forms publications If you have this right, or some other right to demand payment from the borrower, you cannot claim a bad debt deduction until these rights become partly or totally worthless. 2011 irs forms publications Joint debtor. 2011 irs forms publications   If two or more debtors jointly owe you money, your inability to collect from one does not enable you to deduct a proportionate amount as a bad debt. 2011 irs forms publications Sale of mortgaged property. 2011 irs forms publications   If mortgaged or pledged property is sold for less than the debt, the unpaid, uncollectible balance of the debt is a bad debt. 2011 irs forms publications When a Debt Becomes Worthless A debt becomes worthless when there is no longer any chance the amount owed will be paid. 2011 irs forms publications This may occur when the debt is due or prior to that date. 2011 irs forms publications To demonstrate worthlessness, you must only show that you have taken reasonable steps to collect the debt but were unable to do so. 2011 irs forms publications It is not necessary to go to court if you can show that a judgment from the court would be uncollectible. 2011 irs forms publications Bankruptcy of your debtor is generally good evidence of the worthlessness of at least a part of an unsecured and unpreferred debt. 2011 irs forms publications Property received for debt. 2011 irs forms publications   If you receive property in partial settlement of a debt, reduce the debt by the property's FMV, which becomes the property's basis. 2011 irs forms publications You can deduct the remaining debt as a bad debt if and when it becomes worthless. 2011 irs forms publications   If you later sell the property for more than its basis, any gain on the sale is due to the appreciation of the property. 2011 irs forms publications It is not a recovery of a bad debt. 2011 irs forms publications For information on the sale of an asset, see Publication 544. 2011 irs forms publications How To Claim a Business Bad Debt There are two methods to claim a business bad debt. 2011 irs forms publications The specific charge-off method. 2011 irs forms publications The nonaccrual-experience method. 2011 irs forms publications Generally, you must use the specific charge-off method. 2011 irs forms publications However, you may use the nonaccrual-experience method if you meet the requirements discussed later under Nonaccrual-Experience Method . 2011 irs forms publications Specific Charge-Off Method If you use the specific charge-off method, you can deduct specific business bad debts that become either partly or totally worthless during the tax year. 2011 irs forms publications However, with respect to partly worthless bad debts, your deduction is limited to the amount you charged off on your books during the year. 2011 irs forms publications Partly worthless debts. 2011 irs forms publications   You can deduct specific bad debts that become partly uncollectible during the tax year. 2011 irs forms publications Your tax deduction is limited to the amount you charge off on your books during the year. 2011 irs forms publications You do not have to charge off and deduct your partly worthless debts annually. 2011 irs forms publications You can delay the charge off until a later year. 2011 irs forms publications However, you cannot deduct any part of a debt after the year it becomes totally worthless. 2011 irs forms publications Significantly modified debt. 2011 irs forms publications   An exception to the charge-off rule exists for debt which has been significantly modified and on which the holder recognized gain. 2011 irs forms publications For more information, see Regulations section 1. 2011 irs forms publications 166-3(a)(3). 2011 irs forms publications Deduction disallowed. 2011 irs forms publications   Generally, you can claim a partial bad debt deduction only in the year you make the charge-off on your books. 2011 irs forms publications If, under audit, the IRS does not allow your deduction and the debt becomes partly worthless in a later tax year, you can deduct the amount you charged off in that year plus the disallowed amount charged off in the earlier year. 2011 irs forms publications The charge-off in the earlier year, unless reversed on your books, fulfills the charge-off requirement for the later year. 2011 irs forms publications Totally worthless debts. 2011 irs forms publications   If a debt becomes totally worthless in the current tax year, you can deduct the entire amount, less any amount deducted in an earlier tax year when the debt was only partly worthless. 2011 irs forms publications   You do not have to make an actual charge-off on your books to claim a bad debt deduction for a totally worthless debt. 2011 irs forms publications However, you may want to do so. 2011 irs forms publications If you do not and the IRS later rules the debt is only partly worthless, you will not be allowed a deduction for the debt in that tax year because a deduction of a partly worthless bad debt is limited to the amount actually charged off. 2011 irs forms publications See Partly worthless debts, earlier. 2011 irs forms publications Filing a claim for refund. 2011 irs forms publications   If you did not deduct a bad debt on your original return for the year it became worthless, you can file a claim for a credit or refund. 2011 irs forms publications If the bad debt was totally worthless, you must file the claim by the later of the following dates. 2011 irs forms publications 7 years from the date your original return was due (not including extensions). 2011 irs forms publications 2 years from the date you paid the tax. 2011 irs forms publications   If the claim is for a partly worthless bad debt, you must file the claim by the later of the following dates. 2011 irs forms publications 3 years from the date you filed your original return. 2011 irs forms publications 2 years from the date you paid the tax. 2011 irs forms publications You may have longer to file the claim if you were unable to manage your financial affairs due to a physical or mental impairment. 2011 irs forms publications Such an impairment requires proof of existence. 2011 irs forms publications   For details and more information about filing a claim, see Publication 556. 2011 irs forms publications Use one of the following forms to file a claim. 2011 irs forms publications For more information, see the instructions for the applicable form. 2011 irs forms publications Table 10-1. 2011 irs forms publications Forms Used To File a Claim IF you filed as a. 2011 irs forms publications . 2011 irs forms publications . 2011 irs forms publications THEN file. 2011 irs forms publications . 2011 irs forms publications . 2011 irs forms publications Sole proprietor or farmer Form 1040X Corporation Form 1120X S corporation Form 1120S and check box H(4) Partnership Form 1065X if filing on paper or  Form 1065 and check box G(5) if filing electronically Nonaccrual-Experience Method If you use an accrual method of accounting and qualify under the rules explained in this section, you can use the nonaccrual-experience method for bad debts. 2011 irs forms publications Under this method, you do not accrue service related income you expect to be uncollectible. 2011 irs forms publications Because the expected uncollectible amounts are not included in income, these amounts are not later deducted from income. 2011 irs forms publications Generally, you can use the nonaccrual-experience method for accounts receivable for services you performed only if: The services are provided in the fields of accounting, actuarial science, architecture, consulting, engineering, health, law, or the performing arts, or You meet the $5 million gross receipts test for all prior years. 2011 irs forms publications Service related income. 2011 irs forms publications   You can use the nonaccrual-experience method only for amounts earned by performing services. 2011 irs forms publications You cannot use this method for amounts owed to you from activities such as lending money, selling goods, or acquiring receivables or other rights to receive payment. 2011 irs forms publications Gross receipts test. 2011 irs forms publications   To find out if you meet the $5 million gross receipts test for all prior years, you must figure the average annual gross receipts for each prior year. 2011 irs forms publications If your average annual gross receipts for any year exceeds $5 million, you cannot use the non-accural experience method. 2011 irs forms publications   The average annual gross receipts for any year is the average of gross receipts from the year in question and the 2 previous years. 2011 irs forms publications For example, if you were figuring the average annual gross receipts for 2013, you would average your gross receipts for 2011, 2012, and 2013. 2011 irs forms publications Interest or penalty charged. 2011 irs forms publications   Generally, you cannot use the nonaccrual-experience method for amounts due on which you charge interest or a late payment penalty. 2011 irs forms publications However, do not treat a discount offered for early payment as the charging of interest or a penalty if both the following apply. 2011 irs forms publications You otherwise accrue the full amount due as gross income at the time you provide the services. 2011 irs forms publications You treat the discount allowed for early payment as an adjustment to gross income in the year of payment. 2011 irs forms publications Change in accounting method. 2011 irs forms publications   Generally, you must obtain consent to change to a nonaccrual-experience method (other than one of the safe harbor methods) or to change from one method to another. 2011 irs forms publications See Form 3115 and the Instructions for Form 3115 for more information. 2011 irs forms publications Recovery of a Bad Debt If you claim a deduction for a bad debt on your income tax return and later recover (collect) all or part of it, you may have to include all or part of the recovery in gross income. 2011 irs forms publications The amount you include is limited to the amount you actually deducted. 2011 irs forms publications However, you can exclude the amount deducted that did not reduce your tax. 2011 irs forms publications Report the recovery as “Other income” on the appropriate business form or schedule. 2011 irs forms publications See Recoveries in Publication 525 for more information. 2011 irs forms publications Net operating loss (NOL) carryover. 2011 irs forms publications   If a bad debt deduction increases an NOL carryover that has not expired before the beginning of the tax 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IRS Seeks Volunteers for Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

IR-2014-26, March 10, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service seeks civic-minded volunteers to serve on the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP), a federal advisory committee that listens to taxpayers, identifies major taxpayer concerns, and makes recommendations for improving IRS services.

The TAP provides a forum for taxpayers to raise concerns about IRS service and offer suggestions for improvement. The TAP reports annually to the Secretary of the Treasury, the IRS Commissioner and the National Taxpayer Advocate. The Office of the Taxpayer Advocate is an independent organization within the IRS and provides oversight of the TAP.

“In trying to comply with an increasingly complex tax system, taxpayers may find they need different services than the IRS is currently providing,” said Nina E. Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate. “The TAP is vital because it provides the IRS with the taxpayers’ perspective as well as recommendations for improvement. This helps the IRS deliver the best possible service to assist taxpayers in meeting their tax obligations.”  

The TAP includes members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each member is appointed to represent the interests of taxpayers in his or her geographic location as well as taxpayers as a whole.

The TAP is also seeking to include at least one additional member to represent international taxpayers. For these purposes, “international taxpayers” are broadly defined to include U.S. citizens working, living, or doing business abroad or in a U.S. territory. The new international member will not be required to attend any face-to-face meetings.

To be a member of the TAP you must be a U.S. citizen, be current with your federal tax obligations, be able to commit 200 to 300 hours during the year and pass an FBI criminal background check. New TAP members will serve a three-year term starting in December 2014. Applicants chosen as alternate members will be considered to fill any vacancies that open in their areas during the next three years.

The TAP is seeking members in the following locations: Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and International.

The panel needs alternates for the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Federal advisory committees are required to have a fairly balanced membership in terms of the points of view represented. As such, candidates from underrepresented groups, including but not limited to U.S. taxpayers living abroad, Native Americans, and non-tax practitioners, are encouraged to apply.

Applications for the TAP will be accepted through April 11, 2014. Applications are available online at www.improveirs.org. For additional information about the TAP or the application process, please call 888-912-1227 (a toll-free call) and select prompt number five. Callers who are outside of the U.S. and U.S. territories should call 954-423-7973 (not a toll-free call). You may also contact the TAP staff at taxpayeradvocacypanel@irs.gov for assistance.

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